Sensei, Larry Fredrick
2014 – Yodan (4TH
2010 –Sandan (3rd Degree)
1990 - Nidan (2nd
- Shodan (1st Degree)
- Shodan Ho
Sensei Fredrick’s career in Karate started
while in High School and in 1980 he joined Master, William A.
Liquori’s U.S.A. GoJu Organization through one of Master Liquori’s
Black Belts Sensei, Alan Hardiman (Shodan) a Winter Haven Dojo.
He trained in the dojo 4
nights each week and as often as possible on Saturdays he would
drive to the main Dojo in Orlando, FL to train with Master Liquori.
Soon he was competing in
tournaments, attained a green belt and started his own training as
an amateur kick boxer.
After graduating from High School
in 1982, Sensei Fredrick went to college to pursue a career as an
Emergency Medical Technician.
Before entering the program he spoke to Master Liquori and
explained that with the college classes and clinical requirements,
that he would be unable to train and Master Liquori responded simply
by saying “life happens - when
you’re done come back”.
Sensei Fredrick returned to the U.S.A. Goju
Organization in 1983, however he transferred to a different dojo
within the organization and chose to change instructors and train
under Sensei, Barry Macchione then (Shodan) located at the Winter
Haven Armory. As
an instructor, Sensei Macchione was very demanding, the classes were
very disciplined, organized, and extremely tough
mentally and physically.
Macchione always pushed his students to what they thought were their
limits and then pushed them a little more, always taking in
consideration there was more a student could give.
workouts were so hard that puddles of sweat would collect on the
floor beneath your feet. During
sit-ups and leg raises, Sensei Macchione
would jump on your stomach during these
strengthening exercises and test your abilities to absorb an impact,
simulating that of a kick.
Sensei Macchione never settled for just good enough, little
details mattered and he always found a way to make you better then
you thought you were. The
repetition drills were common over and over again and then you could
bet you would do them once again. From
1983 to 1985 Sensei Fredrick continued his training, competed in
tournaments, taught classes, and continued to travel to the main
dojo in Orlando, FL.
By 1986 Sensei Fredrick was a
brown belt and he decided to go back to college once again to become
a Paramedic. Working
full time as an EMT and going to school full time he worked in
consultation with Sensei Macchione to teach privately along with two
greenbelts; Todd Warren and Chuck. Both
of these young men worked hard, they never gave up and always gave
their very best effort. Students
like that are hard to find and Sensei Fredrick has always said these
students taught him more then he ever taught them.
By January 1987 Sensei Fredrick
was promoted to Shodan. During
the period of 1987 to 1989 he graduated Paramedic school, continued
to teach privately, competed in karate tournaments, attended
organizational meetings and traveled to the main dojo.
Later in 1989 he joined
Sensei, Barry Macchione then (Sandan) in the opening of the “Dundee
Dojo” along with their then Brown Belts; Todd Warren and Chuck.
Later in December 1990 Sensei Fredrick was promoted to Nidan
“With Honors” signification of a “special disciple”, one who has
worked hard and dedicated and committed himself to growing within
From 1990 to 1995 he continued his training,
assisted with the day-to-day operations of the Dundee Dojo, competed
in tournaments, attended organizational meetings, and taught
classes. From 1995 to 2009
Sensei Fredrick had a change in careers, got married and started a
family, went back to college once again to earn his Bachelor’s
degree in business, while remaining in the U.S.A. Goju Karate
Organization, Sensei Fredrick continued to attend Karate seminars,
organizational gatherings and assisting Sensei Macchione whenever
possible. In 2009 he was
asked to join Sensei Macchione (Godan), Sensei, Todd Warren (Nidan)
and Sensei, Chuck (Shodan), in the business partnership of the Main
Street Dojo’s, Inc., located in Winter Haven, FL.
Sensei Fredrick has always been an avid runner
and during his competitive years in the 1980’s and 1990’s he also
competed in endurance events such as 5Ks and 10Ks as well as
biathlons and triathlons. He
would often arrive at the dojo early so that he could go for a run
before the class workouts.
Over the years he had the good
fortune of training in conjunction with many other styles such as
Wado Ryu under Sensei, Charles Parrish and Sensei, Butch Balingit,
attend training seminars under Bill “Super Foot” Wallace and Yodan,
Dale Kirby. He has also
enjoyed the good fortune of traveling to Texas, New Jersey, Colorado
and Puerto Rico for martial art training events. Recently he began
Katana (Japanese sword) training with Sensei, Richard Ganey of the
Wado-Ryu and IMAF ranked, all while continuing his commitment to the
U.S.A. Goju Karate Organization.
During his career in the martial arts, it has
been very apparent that most Karate students tend to begin with one
style of karate only to move on to several other styles or
organizations in search of that “great higher power in Karate” and
in most cases, to obtain rank promotions…
Sensei Fredrick believes
this to be a fallacy as he has only been involved in and loyal to
the U.S.A. Goju Karate Organization and has learned that while it’s
okay to expose yourself to many styles of Karate, committing
yourself to one style, rewards you with the treasures you seek from
others. As of 2010 he has
had 30 years experience with U.S.A. Goju and for 27 of those years
he has had the good fortune of training under the direction of
Sensei Macchione. He
also has had 25 years of training and working with Sensei Warren and
It is a great honor to be associated with these
men and a solid member in good standing with the U.S.A. Goju Karate
he enjoys raising his daughter Kaitlin, running, and teaching our
students at the Main Street Dojo in Winter Haven, FL. For our
students the rules of the dojo are simple, “Everyone Works” “Nothing
Is Free” and “All Start at the Bottom”. His expectations for our
students are simple – “Always do your best”.